SA police not using CCTV footage to catch criminals: DA

The DA in the Western Cape says it is concerned about reports that the South African Police Service (SAPS) is not adequately utilising the City of Cape Town’s (CoCT) CCTV security cameras in the fight against crime.

Citing news reports, the DA said that despite the fact that the CCTV cameras are 92% operational in the metro, only 107 arrests have reportedly been made following 2,640 incidents that were recorded on camera between October and December of 2015.

The latest reports echoes information made available to the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry, which heard that police in Khayelitsha were not utilising CCTV footage to catch criminals.

“We must all work together to ensure that our communities are kept safe and use all the tools available, such as CCTV. Despite this challenge to policing in the province, it is important that the SAPS utilises all the crime-fighting measures that the CoCT and WCG are implementing and sharing with the police,” said DA Western Cape Spokesperson on Community Safety, Mireille Wenger.

“I will submit written parliamentary questions in the Western Cape Parliament to determine the reasons for the SAPS’ failing to utilise surveillance footage from the CCTV cameras around the metro, Wenger said.

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